Louis Cardinals: tom alston 54 brooks lawrence 54 flood 58 Cincinnati Reds: nino escalera 54 chuck harmon 54 frank robinson 56 Washington Senators: carlos paula 54 joe black 57 carlos paula 54 New York Yankees: elston howard 55 harry simpson 57 howard 59 Philadelphia Phillies: john kennedy 57 chuck harmon 57 pancho herrara and tony taylor 60 Detroit Tigers: ossie virgil 58 larry doby 58 jake wood 61 Boston Red Sox: pumpsie green 59 earl wilson 59 tilly tasby 60 Note that Chuck Harmon and Hank Thompson appear on the list with two different teams.
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Last to integrate the BoSox. Comment Post Cancel. It took the Yankees almost 10 years to integrate. They were slow to do it. I believe that forst black player that they signed was Vic Power, but they traded him because was too flamboyant. I've read various quotes from George Weiss that there would never be a black player on the Yankees if he had anything to say about it and that integrating had ruined the Dodger and Giant fanbases and forced them to leave New York. Since the Yankees had so many blacks in their town, why didn't they recognize the potential in milking and harvesting such a fertile new fanbase?
Some folks believed that the new black Brooklyn fans more than made up for the few racist fans that stopped going to Dodger games. Is it really realistic to think that the Yankees would allow one racist farm director, however good he was at his job, to make them vulnerable to such blatant charges of racism? Seems too simple a theory.
I think there must have been a deeper, more profound reason than that. But I'll be darned if I can figure out what it was. After the initial rush in , I think baseball as a whole was slow to integrate. It's surprising to me that teams like Pittsburgh, Washington and the Chicago teams waited so long since these were strong Negro League areas. This doesn't even take into account how long it took for blacks to enter the coaching ranks, become managers or obtain front office postions or positions in the broadcast booth. I'm out of town so don't have any reference info in front of me.
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I think there has been quite a bit written about the Yankees' ownership attitude about integration- or the lack thereof. It would be very useful to look back at the actual free agent signings of players to Minor League contracts- when did the first ones happen, how many were there, etc.
I don't know if he was their first signing. It certainly is possible that Howard might have reached the Majors a bit earlier with the Yankees than he did- he lost at least 2 years to the service during the Korean War.
To me, it would be extremely interesting to see when each ML team signed its first black players to Minor League contracts, and how many were signed over the first few years. That probably would provide a good indicator of how serious they were. Originally posted by Bill Burgess View Post. Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post. I think part of the reason was that the Yankees were so good in that era that they didn't feel the need to dip into the black talent. I think the Yankees brass also felt that they had a more upscale fan base that the Giants and Dodgers had and they didn't want to offend this base by attracting black fans.
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Yes, the whole American league was slower than the NL in integrating. They had an excellent first baseman, Vic Power, with the Kansas City Blues in their minor league system, but didn't promote him. In as the first black in the history of the Kansas City Blues, Power batted. Returned to Kansas City in Power accelerated his production. Yet when the Yankees recalled four minor leaguers on July 31, Power wasn't among them The perennial World Champions denied all allegations of discrimination but at the same time the club began to circulate stories disparaging Power's abilities.
Power, stated Dan Topping, "is a good hitter but a poor fielder" Other releases charged that Power did not hustle and was "hard to handle". Amazon Prime. Book Format. Amazon Global Store. FREE delivery. This item will be released on December 17, This item will be released on March 1, This item has not yet been released.
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